The Thistle Awards provide a focus on Scotland, it’s people, and culture — whilst being fun and challenging for young people.
Complete nine tasks with three from each section.
How to earn your badge:
Outdoor and adventure
- Go on a nature ramble and make a poster of all the different local flora and fauna that you spot.
- Camp at one of the Scottish Scouts Adventure Centres (Lochgoilhead, Meggernie or Fordell Firs).
- Take part in your own mini Highland games.
- Visit a National Trust for Scotland/Historic Scotland/ Scottish Natural Heritage site or similar.
- Go on a haggis hunt.
- Try two new sports which are played in Scotland.
- Cook and serve a simple traditional Scottish meal.
- Learn and recite a Scottish poem or verse.
- Bake a traditional Scottish teatime treat.
- Perform a Scottish Song. This could be by singing or playing an instrument.
- Learn some simple phrases in Gaelic.
- Keep a diary for a week of what food and drinks you have. Highlight which foods are Scottish and those which you think are healthy. Discuss with the rest of your pack.
- Take part in an international Scouting event.
- Create a link with a Cub Pack from a different country.
- Visit an International camp (like Blair Atholl), or invite a participant from an International camp to come to talk to you about their experience.
- Find out about your local area and what it was like in the past, and present your findings to others.
- Invite someone from a Scottish charity to speak to your Pack about their work.
- Visit a significant religious site in Scotland.
Requirements can be adapted to suit each young persons abilities. See our guidance on flexibility.